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could not have been thus described. Then the prophecies respecting him arë not fulfilled, and consequently he is not the promised Messiah.
2. The Mosaic dispensation is not abrogated, but is in full force and virtue. “ The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Gen. 49:10.
3. The Jews were not to blame for putting him to death for blasphemy.
« Art thou the Christ! Tell us. And he said unto them, If I tell you, ye will not believe, and if I also ask you, ye will not answer me, nor let me go. Hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the POWER of God. Then said they all, Art thou the Son of God? And he said unto them, ye say that I am. And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth." Luke 22:67–71. For this they crucified him. “Be.
neither bleed nor die. It would be better to sing :
“ When Christ the mighty Savior died.” We will copy another verse of the same kind.
“ O love divine, what hast thou done,
The immortal God has died for me,
Bore all my sins upon the tree;
My Lord, my Love, is crucified." Now, the sentiment of this verse is not only incorrect, but it is absurd. Immortal, means undying; and to say immortal life ceas. ed that that which could not die, did die, is absurd. The dullest intellect can see this.
cause he being man maketh himself God,” for he said "I am the Son of God.” If he was in no sense God, then his execution was just and according to their law, for he made himself God, which would bave been blasphemy.
4. No atonement for sin is made. If he was à creature, he could only do his own duty, and consequently could have done nothing to set to our account, nor restore that which he took not away.
5. Christ was a vile deceiver and impostor. He told Philip that he that had seen him, had seen his Father also. He also stated to Nicodemus that while he talked with him, he was at that moment ob in heaven."
6. The New Testament is a cunningly devised fable. If Jesus Christ was - all divine," he had no blood to shed, nor could divinity die and rise from the grave. So our faith in Jesus Christ is vain, and the boly apostles are false witnesses, for they testified he rose from the dead.
7. The Christian religion is a deception, for God was not manifested in the flesh, in the person of the blessed Savior.
8. The most pious Christians on earth are gross idolaters. They have always " called upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ,” and worshiped him, as the Supreme Deity.
9. All who worship Jesus Christ as God, will unavoidably be lost, for we are commanded to worship none but God.
10. The true Messiah is yet to come.
11. Judaism is true.
13. Mohammedanism is preferable to Christianity. Mohammed charged the Christians with idolatry because they worshiped Jesus Christ, which be considered the uppardonable sin. Says he, “ Surely God will not pardon the giving him an equal. Verily God will not pardon the giving him a companion, but he will pardon any crime besides that.” Kor. Vol. ii. p. 104. Again he says, “When ye encounter unbelievers, strike off their heads . kill idolaters wherever you find them.” Voltaire, Mohammed, and all the infidel world, have tried to destroy the worship rendered to Jesus Christ. Vol. taire's most blasphemous watchword was, l'infame ;' that is, “crush the wretch," meaning Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is not God, bis worship is idolatry, and the Koran is true instead of the Bible. Mohammedans, Atheists, and Deists, all ridicule the doctrine of the Trinity, and are all in sentiment Unitarians. We grant that a person may be a Unitarian and not be a Deist, but he cannot be a Deist unless he is a Unitarian. And we heartily believe that there are some misguided Christians that embrace this deadly iloctrine, but we can see no middle ground between Trinitarianism and nakell Deism.
We now ask the reader: Are not the above inferences purely logical? If they are, the doctrine of Unitarianism is death to Christianity. Dark indeed is the system, and its tendency is to
sap the very foundation of every true believer's hopes of walking the paradise of God. It is a blow at the root of all revealed religion.
14. The tendency of Unitarianism is, to the disbelief of the sacred word of God. In proof on this point we will copy a report of a sermon, delivered in Boston at the recent ordination of the Rev. Charles C. Shackford, by the Rev. Theodore Parker of Spring Street, Roxbury. It was reported by J. II. Fairchild, pastor of Philips church, Thos. Driver, pastor of South Bap. church, and Z. B. C. Dunham, pastor of 5th M. E. church, Boston, May 28, 1841.
We copy the caption prefixed by the editor of the Morning Star.
"UNITARIANISM. Christians will read the following with feelings of regret and pain. It shows the downward tendency of Unitarianism, and the importance of maintaining sound doctrine and wholesome discipline."
SERMON. Text-Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
" It has been assumed that every word of the Scriptures was inspired, with all their vulgarities, absurdities, and impieties. Men have appealed to the Old Testament, as authority, and condemned some of the most pious and devoted, as infidels, because they could not believe all which is written in it as inspired, where there is much, never, perhaps, designed to be taken as truth. tions have been settled by the authority of the Old Testament. It has been assumed that the Old Testament, in all its parts was inspired, and men have
been stigmatized as heretics and infidels, who would not give up their reason and humanity to the belief of the story of Abraham and his son, as of divine origin, a story which is revolting to justice and humanity.
The same bas been assumed of the New Testament, the obvious contradictions and absurdities of which are everywhere apparent; and which contains stories the most incredible and sometimes shocking to decency. And yet this book is declared to be the word of God and given by divine inspiration! What apostle ever pretended that this book was divinely inspired? Did Jesus Christ ever assume that he spoke by divine inspiration?
The great body of Christian professors make their doctrines rest on the authority of Jesus Christ, and not on pure Christianity.
Real Christianity-life was out of the church, and in the world, for the first four centuries.
Doctrines have nothing to do with a man's Christianity.
Christianity would have lost nothing by the perishing of the Old Testament or the New. And if different individuals should arrive at different results, and even opposite results, still, this will not affect their Christianity, or authorize the withholding of Christian fellowship.
Christianity is true, but all systems of Christians are false.
Because some pious Christians have cut off the end of John's gospel, and the beginning of Matthew's, they have been branded as infidels.
Christianity does not rest on the opinions of a few pious fishermen, or on the New Testament.
Christianity was the same nineteeň centures before Christ, as nineteen centuries after Christ.
The Bible is not our master or despot. We may take the Prophets as our teachers, but we must not bow down to their idol notions.